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Minor Injuries in Collegeville Bike-Auto Collision

A Lower Providence cyclist reportedly slid underneath a vehicle driven by a Harleysville man.

A Lower Providence cyclist suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon after he collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Route 29 and Main St. in Collegeville.

The 19-year-old cyclist was riding across the crosswalk of Route 29 when he reportedly struck the side of a 1997 Toyota driven by a 61-year-old Harleysville man, which was headed eastbound on Main Street and making a left turn onto Route 29.

Witnesses told Collegeville police the cyclist slid underneath the vehicle, then pulled himself out and spoke with the driver. He complained of pain in his right elbow - he was treated and released from Phoenixville Hospital.

Police said that due to a language barrier, the driver believed the cyclist to be "not seriously injured" and left the scene, continuing on his way along Route 29.

Police stopped the driver in traffic in Rahns and he returned to the scene to provide information in the investigation of the incident. Police said damage to the vehicle indicated the bicycle struck it.

Charges will not be filed against either person, police said. Police issued the following advice in a statement sent to local media:

Motorists should take care to look for persons crossing in a crosswalk.  Persons riding bicycles should dismount and walk their bicycle across an intersection if they are crossing in a direction where they would not be riding with the flow of traffic.

 

Initial report below.

Collegeville Police are investigating a report of a bicyclist reportedly struck in Collegeville just before 5 p.m. on Thursday.

According to the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, a vehicle struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Main Street and Rt. 29 in Collegeville, and traffic was blocked.

When Patch was on the scene, a man driving a Toyota Camry was stopped and police were taking photos of the man's car.

A Collegeville Police patrol car left the scene with a bike in the trunk of the vehicle.

EMS was requested at the scene, and there is no information available on the condition of the bicyclist.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

Nick Matregrano November 09, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Another near miss at a crosswalk. Most drivers are not aware of the crosswalk law. You must stop and yeild the right of way for a person in a designated crosswalk, however, 99% of the drivers do not because they are unaware of the law.
Paula Goff November 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Not a near miss at all, but a direct hit! But Nick, you make an excellent point about drivers' ignorance about pedestrians. When Pa. adopted the right-turn-on-red law several decades ago, people eagerly took to it, but still don't pay much attention to the parts of the law about pedestrians having the right of way. Not only at crosswalks, but at any intersection, I believe.
Nick Matregrano November 10, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The right-turn-on-red law specifically states that the driver must come to a complete stop before proceeding, I do not now if this particular driver did this or not, but if the driver did they should have seen the bicyclist, unless the driver was on the phone. Which is another law soon to be passed.
Onyx November 10, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Nick and Paula, while you've both valid arguments please reread: " cyclist was riding across the crosswalk of Route 29 when he reportedly struck the side of a 1997 Toyota driven by a 61-year-old Harleysville man, which was headed eastbound on Main Street and making a left turn onto Route 29". Cyclist struck, and driver making left turn. Nothing about right turns here...
Zoe November 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thank you Onyx. I meant to comment on this the other day. It is not always the drivers fault, there is a responsibility of cyclists and pedestrians also. The law can be googled and read. It specifically says that you are not to walk out in front of a car that can not stop in time to cause a collision, if you are IN a crosswalk a pedestrian has the right of way and at intersections, the auto must stop to let the pedestrian proceed but someone on a cycle needs to dismount and walk across the crosswalk otherwise they are not a pedestrian, they are a bi-cycle and belong on the road not in the crosswalk. I was not there so I am only surmising that since the car was hit on the side, sounds like the bike needed to yield right of way. It just would be really nice if everyone could be a little more courteous to one another.

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